John Locke Foundation Vice President Donna Martinez and Chairman John Hood discuss key developments in the 2020 election. Martinez and Hood offered these comments during the Oct. 9, 2020, edition of “NC SPIN.”
Post-game primary report
North Carolina’s primary produced similar headlines across the state. Former President Trump’s influence in North Carolina clearly matters. However, there is much more to unpack in the primary post-game report. Overall, 758,000 people voted a GOP ballot in the primary election. That’s 146,000 more than the 612,000 who voted a Democrat ballot.
Nickel and Hines to face-off in competitive NC 13
Wiley Nickel and Bo Hines will face off for the 13th Congressional District seat. The district includes Johnston County, as well as parts of Wayne, Harnett, and Wake Counties. Nickel’s victory in the Democratic primary is now assured, and the Republican leader Hines is safely above 30%, so will avoid a runoff. Hines, who was endorsed...
62% of unaffiliated voters chose Republican ballot in N.C. early voting
According to data from the N.C. Board of Elections, 577,232 voters cast a ballot early, with 290,226 of those voters requesting a Democrat ballot and 284,568 voters requesting a Republican ballot, giving Democrats a 50.3% to 49.3% edge. But for context, in 2020, 68% of early ballots requested were for the Democratic primary.
N.C. Primary election results: Live updates
Update 10:42 p.m.: Cook Political Report calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Cawthorn. Reports that Cawthorn has called to concede. Update 10:15 p.m.: Decision Desk HQ calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Madison Cawthorn. Update 10:01 p.m.: Trey Allen, Donna Stroud, and Michael Stading comfortably winning GOP judicial primaries. Update 9:56 p.m.: DeVan...